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It's The Real Deal

There's been a big trend to modify Stephen King adaptations lately, and while most of these attempts have fallen flat, It: Chapter 2 is the real deal. (Spoilers ahead.) Its modifications, like Bill's attempt to save a child, actually make sense and deepen the movie without totally changing King's meaning, and it's even more loyal to the book than its 1990s predecessor. While it's not 100% true to the book, the changes maintain the book's integrity and actually further elucidate both meaning and character development. I have to say, this may be my favorite adaptation of King's horror works.

Best Fairytale Adaptations

Changing up old fairytales into new versions of their stories--often resulting in complete changes to the characters themselves--is all the rage, and I absolutely love it. I remember the first time I heard authors were messing with The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and even Jane Austen works, I was furious, but then I realized that most of our stories are only retold versions of the same stories over and over again, and I've loved many versions of the same tale all my life!

In The Tall Grass

If you're planning on watching Stephen King and Joe Hill's In the Tall Grass coming up on Netflix, you should be warned that it's a pretty graphic novella, and that it doesn't feel as Stephen King-y as it should. I haven't read any Hill yet, but I've read that King's son isn't as refined as his father when it comes to writing, and that crassness certainly showed in this work. I've loved most of King's books, but this one didn't do anything for me.

The House with a Clock In Its Walls

This past summer my family and I read House with a Clock in its Walls to not only prepare for the film but to have some fun. We love a good fantasy as well as a mystery and we're always reading something aloud. While the book wasn't a favorite (there was too much tell-not-showing, too much dawdling until the actual action and a few other things that made me fall asleep while reading pages to my family), it was still enjoyable with lots of fun elements, particularly in the end.

The Book vs. The Graphic Novel

There's always been a big debate between what is better, the book or the novel, and most people who read the novels usually side with them save for a few exceptions. But now there's a new debate waging: the book versus the graphic novel! Everything from Game of Thrones to The Graveyard Book has a graphic novel adaptation, leaving both readers and movie watchers to ponder over which is better. 

Re-Reading The Dark Tower

Are you getting ready for The Dark Tower film yet? Stephen King has a huge year this year, what with TV shows, films, books and a tour going on. He's even going to be in my hometown (sadly they are already sold out, so I won't be attending). I've heard a lot of people talk about how they plan on re-reading The Dark Tower to prep for the big film starring Idris Elba (woohoo!). It has been so long since I've read the book that I think I'll do the same.

The "unfilmable" Cloud Atlas

It's going to be the best or worst movie of the year. Maybe both.

Its critics, fans and even the author considered Cloud Atlas to be an "unfilmable" novel. But that hasn't stopped them from filming it. This masterpiece of 21st century literature will be released in film form on October 26th, and I for one am curious to see how much of a disaster it will be.

Moby Dick stages two modern comebacks

Ahoy!

Melville's classic tale of obsession, beloved by the literary set if loathed by high school kids being compelled to read it against their wishes, is set to receive not one but two modern updates next year.

The first is a version Vulture is calling "Moby Dick in Space." They describe it as "a psychological thriller about a space captain seeking space revenge on a space creature," which pretty much makes it sound like a certain recent Futurama episode. Officially titled Mobius, the movie is written and directed by Lynne Ramsay who recently finished We Need To Talk About Kevin.
 
The second Moby Dick project is called Lost Horizon, and is set to become an NBC series. Described as "a modern-day take" on the legend, rumor has it that M. Night Shyamalan may be directing the pilot episode.
 
The idea of M. Night Shyamalan directing Moby Dick is pretty mind-bending. I wonder what the twist will be at the end? Will it turn out that WE are the white whale, something along the lines of "To Serve Man?" (Spoiler alert: It's a cookbook.)
 
Originally published in 1851, Moby Dick has a lot to say to modern audiences. Everyone is aware (if only vaguely) that the book is about a sea captain who is obsessed with hunting down and killing the white whale that got away. But Moby Dick isn't just a high seas chase. 

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